Guinea-Bissau Country Facts

Guinea-Bissau Country Facts
Official Name: Republic of Guinea-Bissau

Alternate Names: Guinea-Bissau

Former Names: Portuguese Guinea

Capital City: Bissau

Guinea-Bissau FlagFlag: The flag has two equal horizontal bands of yellow (on the top) and green with a vertical red band on the hoist side. There is a black five-pointed star centered in the red band.

Date of Independence: September 10, 1974 from Portugal

National Anthem: "Esta é a Nossa Pátria Bem Amada" ("This is Our Well-Beloved Motherland")

Population: 1,345,479

Guinea-Bissau MapSize/Area: 13,948 square miles. Almost three times the size of Connecticut.

Land Locked: No

Coastline: 217 miles

Bordering Countries: Guinea, Senegal

Administrative Divisions: Guinea-Bissau has 8 regions and 1 autonomous sector. The eight regions are: Bafatá, Biombo, Bolama, Cacheu, Gabu, Oio, Quinara, Tombali. The autonomous sector is Bissau.

Major Cities: Bissau, Bafatá, Gabú, 4 Bissorã, Bolama, Cacheu, Bubaque, Catió, Mansôa, Buba, Quebo, Canchungo, Farim, Quinhámel, Fulacunda

Languages: Portuguese, Kriol, native languages

Religions: Islam and traditional African religions

Major Holidays: New Year's Day (January 1), Heroes Day (January 20), Women's Day (March 8), Pidjigouti Day (August 3), Independence Day (September 24), Readjustment Movement Day (November 14), Feast of the Sacrifice (Dec 20), Christmas (December 25)

Currency: West African CFA franc

Currency Code: XOF

Highest Point: unnamed location in the northeast corner of the country - 984 feet

Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean 0 feet

Bordering Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean

Climate: Guinea-Bissau's climate is tropical. It is generally hot and humid with a monsoonal-type rainy season from June to November and a dry season from December to May.

Major Industries: Agricultural products processing, beer, soft drinks

Major Agricultural Products: Rice, corn, beans, cassava, cashew nuts, peanuts, palm kernels, cotton, timber, fish

Natural Resources: Fish, timber, phosphates, bauxite, clay, granite, limestone, unexploited deposits of petroleum

Time Zone: GMT (UTC +0)

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